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Being Efficient

Efficiency is something that can come and go during your PhD. It's normal to have a few weeks buzzing with productivity, and then weeks where you barely seem to cross more than one task off of your to-do list. ChengCheng... Continue Reading →

How to find direction when you’re waiting for funding

Greetings from Jessica, your new blog editor! Here is a little account of my PhD journey so far and tips for early PhD researchers whose research plans lie in the hands of funding bodies... I’m relatively fresh into the PhD... Continue Reading →

Winging it at question time (a primer)

Adrian Martin has given you advice on preparing for a conference presentation. Now, he points out that you must not ‘collapse’ the moment you’ve read the final, prepared word of your paper: save some strength (and brain waves) for the... Continue Reading →

The Form of the Good (PhD Student)

Last week, Brennan McDavid wrote about two virtues that PhD students can cultivate for excelling in seminar environments and in their creative process. In this post, Brennan discusses two virtues that are more directly relevant to the process of drafting... Continue Reading →

The virtues and vices of PhD students

What can we learn about PhD students through the lens of Ancient Greek Philosophy? In this two-part series for PhD Life, Brennan McDavid asks us to reflect on our PhD habits… As someone who spends their mornings, afternoons, and evenings... Continue Reading →

Could someone please tell me what to do during conferences?

Attending conferences can be an overwhelming event for many PhD students. Chengcheng Kang offers us a brave and honest account of some of the thoughts and questions she experienced at a recent conference…   Sometimes I wish someone could tell... Continue Reading →

Relax: you’re not supposed to know what you’re doing

Do you ever feel like a cat stuck in a tree? Dr Karen Sutherland is here to calm your nerves and tell you exactly, and honestly, how she felt before earning that title before her name...     - “It... Continue Reading →

The hemisphere differentiation effect

Despite what the title suggests, this blog post is not an episode title of The Big Bang Theory. Instead, ponder this: what perspective can we gain when contrasting the academic calendars of the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere?...  ... Continue Reading →

Looking back to look ahead

Did you know that the PhD Life blog has 218 posts so far? Here are my personal favourites. Which post has inspired you the most?... In order to do the best job I can as the new editor for the... Continue Reading →

Nice to meet you!

Your PhD journey might be exactly what you envisioned, might take you to places you never imagined, or might be a bit of both. This is my story and I am thankful for it as it has led me to... Continue Reading →

How I live-tweeted my own conference talk

Recently, I wrote about my strategy for preparing scientific talks and promised to follow on that with an example I was preparing at the time. The whole thing took longer to prepare than I had planned, even though the talk... Continue Reading →

Benefits and challenges of tweeting a conference

Is it worth spending most of the conference glued to your screen? Are conferences hashtags where the real party happens? Ondrej discusses the pearls and pitfalls of tweeting from a conference...  Academic conferences are usually exhausting. You spend the whole... Continue Reading →

Salma’s PhD Viva Experience – Part II

Wondering what your PhD viva might be like? Last week Salma described some of her preparations and the first part of her viva exam. Read on to find out what happened next... I was asked a few more questions and... Continue Reading →

Salma’s PhD Viva Experience – Part I

Curious about viva? We certainly are, and our amazing contributor Salma offered to share her recent experience. So, take a deep breath or two, and check out the first part of her story...

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